Wednesday, July 5

Review: The Vanishing Throne (The Falconer #2)

The Vanishing Throne (The Falconer #2)
Elizabeth May

Published By: Gollancz
Publication Date: November 19, 2015
Date Read: June 8, 2017
Genre: YA - Fantasy
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 362
From Goodreads:
My name is Lady Aileana Kameron.

First the fae murdered my mother. Then they destroyed my world.

Now I’m fighting for more than revenge.

Aileana took a stand against the Wild Hunt, and she lost everything: her home, her family and her friends. Held captive by her enemy, and tormenting herself over her failure, escape seems like only the faintest possibility. But when she gets her chance, she seizes it . . . to rejoin a world devastated by war.

The future is bleak. Hunted by the fae, running for her life, Aileana has only a few options left. Trying to become part of a society scarred by – and hiding from – the Wild Hunt; trusting that a fragile alliance with the fae will save her; or walking the most dangerous path at all: coming in to her own powers as the last of the Falconers . . .

"For the girl whose gift is chaos. Death is her burden. Wherever she goes, it follows. They say she can either save the world or end it."

The Vanishing Throne is a book that has sat on my bookshelf for what feels like absolutely ages. I read The Falconer, the first book in this series, as a review book just before it released and it absolutely blew me away. It still is one of my all-time favourite fantasy books of all time and I couldn't wait to continue. So why wait so long to read this one, I hear you ask? Well The Falconer had one hell of a cliff-hanger and I expected the same of The Vanishing Throne so I decided to wait till closer to the release of the third and final book in the series. I am so glad I waited but at the same time I am kicking myself for not reading it sooner because of how good it was.

Aileana tried her best to save the human race for the awful fae destroying her world and taking over. But there was only so much that she could do and now she finds herself taken captive from one of the worst fae imaginable and with no idea what has happened to her world and her friends.

The Vanishing Throne has quite a slow beginning in my opinion. I loved every moment of it but it wasn't until Aileana came to fight back and there was more of an action packed storyline that I got totally into it and started loving it as much as I loved the first one. The Vanishing Throne introduces us into some new characters and I adores them. They added so much to the storyline and it made me read this book so fast because I wanted to know more about the new characters as well as to know what was going to happen with the original characters too.

Aileana really comes into her own in this book. We saw a totally different side to her from her actions and behaviour in the first book. In the first book Aileana is totally overtaken by her need for vengeance but we see a much more vulnerable side of her in this one. We see Aileana try to stay strong throughout her captivity but see a part of her starting to give up. She still stays strong and kick-ass but you really see a new, more softer side to her. After that, we see her become even more independent and kick-ass as she starts to grow into her powers.

I absolutely loved Kiaran, as I did in the first book, and my love for him just grew and grew the further I got through this book. I loved Kiaran's sister in this book. She was one of the newer characters in this book and she was so amazing. I loved seeing another fae that really wanted to be on the sides of the humans in this war.

The Vanishing Throne was absolutely amazing. I loved every single moment of it and I was right about the ending. It ended in yet another cliff-hanger and I cannot wait to read the third and final book and see how it is all going to play out. Where we are in the story at the moment I can't see how it is all going to be solved by the end of one more book but I can't wait to see how Elizabeth does it and if she can't wrap it all up I am hoping for a spin off series. I just adore Elizabeth's writing and want her to continue this amazing series forever.

If you're looking for a new YA fantasy series to becomes obsessed with and fall in love with then I highly recommend The Falconer series. I loved every single moment of it. Roll on the The Fallen Kingdom.

"Perhaps he’s my curse. Perhaps I’m his weakness. Together we left the world in ruins."

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